Netatalk 2.2alpha3

The Netatalk development team is proud to announce version 2.2alpha3 of the Netatalk File Sharing suite. This is an unstable version, published for the sole purpose of receiving wider testing. Do not run this on production systems.

Netatalk is a freely-available Open Source AFP fileserver. It also provides a kernel level implementation of the AppleTalk Protocol Suite. A *NIX/*BSD system running Netatalk is capable of serving many Macintosh clients simultaneously as an AppleShare file server (AFP), AppleTalk router, *NIX/*BSD print server, and for accessing AppleTalk printers via Printer Access Protocol (PAP). Included are a number of minor printing and debugging utilities.

The suite contains:

Summary of hot stuff and ehancements since 2.1


The enhancements for fast AFP searches are only implemented for the CNID backend "dbd" and require changes to the underlying CNID database, ie an additional index. This breaks drop-in compatibility between the CNID backends "cdb" and "dbd". Once "dbd" has upgraded a CNID database of a volume, "cdb" will reject to open it.

Netatalk is a Free/Open Source Software project and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The full license text is available at:

Changes in 2.2alpha3

Changes in 2.2alpha2

Changes in 2.2alpha1

Changes in not yet released 2.1.5

Supported Platforms

As of Netatalk 2.2 the following operating systems are supported:

Netatalk may compile and run on other operating systems as well, but it is not well-tested on those. We welcome patches and suggestions for enhancing the portability of Netatalk as well as success and failure stories. Please write to [email protected].


Netatalk tar-balls can be found at:

Netatalk is also available via anonymous git. See the SourceForge project site for anonymous git instructions.


For more information about Netatalk, see its web page at:

The project is hosted at SourceForge. The SourceForge project page is located at:

The Netatalk development team can be reached via the mailing list [email protected]. For subscription information and archives see Netatalk's SourceForge project page.

[email protected] is a mailing list for Netatalk system administrators. For subscription information and archives see the Netatalk web page.


We would like to thank all contributors to the Netatalk project for their commitment. Without the many suggestions, bug and problem reports, patches, and reviews this project wouldn't be where it is.